Have you asked yourself these questions:
- I need to feel more alive and passionate in my daily life. What’s my soul purpose?
- Something’s missing but I don’t know what. Can I find my creativity and imagination again?
- My life must mean more than this. How do I integrate my daily life into a sacred, soulful, and cohesive experience?
- My life is so disjointed, not quite together. How do I become connected?
- I sometimes feel alone and somewhat lost, how do I find my way again?
- I don’t know who I am anymore. Will I claim my intuition and my ability to tune in to what is right for me?
- I want to do something new. Where do I begin?”
If you’ve gotten to be 55 or 60 or older and haven’t dealt with these issues, well, maybe you do need support or a coach.
One of the sad realities of getting old is that many older people are alone and lonely – people who can easily fall prey to an imposter with a warm voice and sympathetic ear while fleecing their trusting marks of food money. And make no mistake, these are predators.
Undoubtedly there are people – even some who can find meaning in such blather from an stranger across a telephone line – or even in person. For the rest of us, the journey is in the personal seeking to understand what life is about, and if there are any answers they will be found in private moments in our own hearts and minds and in those we trust.
Health experts advise that regular exercise for the elderly offers great benefits, including extending lifespan. But alarmingly, only one in four people between the ages of 65 and 74 exercise regularly. Exercise is good for people of any age and can ease symptoms of many chronic conditions. And contrary to popular belief, weakness and poor balance are actually linked to inactivity, rather than age Increased fitness, strength, confidence, coordination and mood are just some of the positive affects experienced by our clients. Whether a stroll to the high street or simple stretches and exercise routines in the home, here are 7 reasons for golden oldies to get going…
1. Live Longer
Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of 10 leading causes of death and disability. Even gentle, regular exercise such as walking or swimming can increase lifespan by around three to five years.
2. Prevent Falls
Improving muscle strength and bone density can be helpful in reducing the risk of falls as it can also improve balance. Regular exercise can reduce the risk of having a hip fracture by 40%.
3. Reduced risk of stroke or heart attack
Regular cardiovascular exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling or light housework, anything that raises the heart rate will increase blood flow to the heart and boost your overall health.
4. Better bone density
Weight-bearing exercise such as walking or jogging can help increase the strength of bones and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and fractures. One in two women and one in five men will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
5. Reduced risk of developing dementia
Being sedentary in later years can increase the risk of developing dementia, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The study, which analysed more than 1,600 older adults over five years, found that those who did not exercise were more likely to develop dementia than those who did.
6. Prevent or delay disease
Exercise is an effective remedy for many chronic conditions. Studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular activity. It can also help in management of high cholesterol; keeping cholesterol levels within a healthy range can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. And good nutrition is helpful for cognitive behaviour….you feel better, your brain function is better and overall wellbeing is improved because your outlook has improved.
7. More confidence and independence
Active Aging Course I am taking discussed exercise in the elderly and found that training led to improvements in functional reach and balance and reduced participants’ fear of falling.
Rest is Recovery
It’s always important to rest between workouts, and especially so with seniors. The body needs time to rest and heal itself. Without proper rest, you risk causing injuries. Don’t push too hard…remember…take it slow.
A good, general exercise routine can be achieved in as little as thirty minutes a day. If that’s too hard, start with even less time and build up a little each day. Daily exercise and working with someone who can help you to understand what fitness and coaching can do to improve quality of life will most definitely prolong it!